New Editor-in-Chief of Atmospheric Science Letters sought

***Deadline extended to 30th September***

The Royal Meteorological Society publishes seven world-leading science journals plus an academic book series. The publication of high-quality journals and books by scientists for scientists is one the core objectives of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Atmospheric Science Letters (ASL) is a monthly, fully open access, peer-reviewed journal launched in 2000. It provides a fast-track peer-reviewed publication route for shorter contributions in the field of atmospheric science and related subjects. ASL provides an opportunity for authors to publish preliminary results involving novel techniques and analyses. The journal proudly highlights that there is only a 3 months turn around from article acceptance to publication in an issue. It has a unique format with 3,500 word limit and as many figures and tables as necessary, plus additional items can be included as supporting information including animated models. The journal has a relatively low article publication charge and early-career authors are welcome and supported.


The Editor-in-Chief is reponsible for development and implementation of the journal’s strategy, for providing leadership to the Editorial Board and for overseeing the operation of publication (manuscript submission, reviewing and publication). She/he promotes novel working practices to improve the publication process and works in collaboration with the Royal Meteorological Society and the publishers, Wiley to increase readership. The Editor-in-Chief  is the figurehead of the journal and is responsible for raising the journal’s profile within the science community, and ensuring the content published meets the editorial standards of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief also sits on the Royal Meteorological Society’s Scientific Publishing Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Society’s strategic priority for publishing; and the Awards Committee, to review annual nominations for Awards and Prizes and recommend award winners to Council to highlight excellence in meteorology and related disciplines.   


The main responsibilities of this role are:

1. To develop, implement and maintain a strategic plan for the Journal in collaboration with the RMetS and the Publisher;

2. To provide leadership to an international Editorial Board to ensure the Journal is international and broad in scope, and communicating with the Editorial Board on a regular basis;

3. To undertake manuscript management of contributions to the Journal in line with the scholarly standards of the Journal in collaboration with the Associated Editors;

4. To seek contributions to the Journal; 

5. To work with the Society and Publishers, to monitor key performance measures of the Journal;

6. To actively promote the Journal through contacts, and when undertaking other professional activities;

7. To report to and meet with the Society and publishing team.


The successful candidate will ideally have:

• extensive experience in research and publishing in academic journals;

• an established network of contacts in the meteorology and related disciplines;

• experience of reviewing academic journals;

• excellent communication skills;

• ability to work to tight deadlines;

• experience in leading (or working with) international staff (including remote teams).


The role will be supported by a number of Associate Editors and an Editorial Assistant. This is a voluntary role and provides an opportunity to have a significant influence to the success of the journal and recognising those who contribute to the journal, which can be very rewarding. Expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Royal Meteorological Society Expenses Policy.

Application Process

Please submit a CV, a covering letter and a short 1-page summary of your vision and strategy for the journal’s development in the next 3-5 years by 30th September 2017 to the Chief Executive.

Successful candidates will be invited to interview (either in person or via video conferencing, depending on location) in September 2017.

News Date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2017